NCPW-TWG plant trees to help rehabilitate the quarry site at Holcim

QUIRINO, Bacnotan, La Union Sept 13 (PIA) — National Crime Prevention Week Technical Working Group member-agencies planted different varieties of seedlings in a quarry site at Holcim Philippines-La Union Plant here to help rehabilitate the mining area.

The tree-planting activity, which was one of the highlights of the week-long celebration side-by-side with the Public-Private Partnership Program, was successfully done with the support of all the key players.

These key players include the National Police Commission-Region 1, the Police Regional Office 1, Department of Education, Philippine Information Agency, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Bureau of Fire Protection, Department of the Interior and Local Government, media, and sponsor Holcim Philippines – La Union.

In an interview with Engineer Rommel Akuking, quarry engineer and development manager for Holcim Philippines La Union Operation, he said NCPW activity is one great event that would always be more willing to sponsor, especially tree-planting activities because it helps their rehabilitation program for areas they mine.

The activity is also in compliance to the National Greening Program of the government that enjoins all sectors to play part in the re-greening of the environment.

Akuking said 1,100 seedlings of different varieties were provided for the one-hectare planting site, which exceeded their actual ratio of 1,000 seedlings to one hectare land to ensure a high survivability average of 92 percent.

These seedlings were arranged on a one specie for every row system for them to observe whether one particular specie co-exist with another, Akuking said.

He added that the variety they chose are the ones, which they have already tested as the best ones to survive in the kind of soil in the area which is Rosario formation, like eucalyptus, firetree, acacia aurea, acacia mangium, bamboo, raintree or acacia, narra, mahogany, gemelina, banaba and fruit-bearing trees like mango, chico and guyabano.

We have scheduled a yearly tree-planting activity on the months of June to September, so there is still a hectare available for this month, he assured.

When asked on issues like mining as a kind of activity which is considered destructive to the environment, Akuking said, “yes, that’s the notion that sticks to people’s mind, however, there are mitigating measures that need to be applied for it to be controlled.”

“What we open up, we have to rehab because it’s one way of putting nature back to balance,” he added. (ANL/MPA-PIA 1 La Union)

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